Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics

Type: Fellowship Program
Topics: Education
Board: Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships

Activity Description

The Call for Nominations for the 2015 Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics is now closed.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) brings together the most eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country to work together to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based advice to national, state, and local policymakers; academic leaders; health care administrators; and the public. The IOM is uniquely qualified to offer an exceptional learning environment to selected early career scholars and future leaders in medicine and public health. In commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the IOM, the Anniversary Fellows program was initiated. Through an endowment from the Greenwall Foundation, the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics was established in 2015.


The overall purpose of the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics is to provide talented, early-career bioethics scholars with the opportunity to experience and participate in evidence-based healthcare or public health studies and policy-making process that improve the care and access to care of patients in domestic and global health care systems. The Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics enables young investigators to participate actively in the work of the IOM and to further their careers as future leaders addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.

Program Description

The Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics is awarded for a two-year period.  During this time, the fellow is expected to continue work at his/her main academic post, while being assigned to a board of the IOM.  The boards are:

  • Children, Youth, and Families
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Global Health
  • Health Care Services
  • Health of Select Populations
  • Health Sciences Policy
  • Population Health and Public Health Practice

The fellowship requires a ten-to-twenty percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy in October, the Fall IOM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned board. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products. Studies will be identified that would enable the potential for the fellow to contribute to the value of integrating medicine and public health.

This experience will introduce the Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. In addition, each fellow will be assigned to an IOM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research stipend of $25,000 is awarded to each Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics. The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. Stipends are not intended for use as salary offsets.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the IOM
  • An M.D., D.O., J.D., Ph.D., or holder of an equivalent degree, with completion of post-graduate work two to ten years prior to the award
  • Demonstrated interest in, focus on, and scholarship on addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, public health, or public policy
  • Able to dedicate 10 percent to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an IOM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including bioethics research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in bridging bioethics, biomedical research, population health, and health policy
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the IOM

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through the online nomination system and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the IOM
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate’s department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


 June 24, 2015 

   Call for Nominations 

 July 22, 2015

   Nomination packets due 

 August 1, 2015

   Awardee notified

 October 19, 2015

   Awardee introduced to the Membership
    at IOM Annual Meeting

 October 26-30, 2015

   Fellow Orientation Week at the IOM

Program Administration

Inquiries about the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics should be directed to: 

Marie E. Michnich, DrPH 

Senior Director
Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships 
Institute of Medicine 
500 Fifth Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20001 
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Fax: (202) 334-3862